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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Garden Tips

(We came home to beautiful hyacinth in bloom. Some are inside in a vase already!!)
Hi everyone! Hubby and I just got back from visiting his folks in MS last week (which explains the missing posts!!). As we drove back, we saw farms in MS with corn 4 inches high, farms farther north being planted, still farther north fields are being tilled and sprayed. It's that time of year----the best time of year!! Garden season! Here's a few garden hints for you.....

Did you know that you don't need a separate garden or raised bed to grow veggies? That's right! If you have flower beds around your home with a little extra space in them, you can throw some tomatos, peppers, or any other variety of veggie in them. Actually, the 'in' thing to do in gardening is to mix veggies with flowers!

There's lots of talk about compost. It's true that it's great for your soil, but there is so much info out there that makes it look like you need a degree in science to make it. Let me assure you it's not difficult. In fact, if you want to know the easiest way to improve your soil (for veggies or flowers) and let compost make itself you only have to do one easy thing. Dig a hole in your soil, throw your fruit and veggies scraps in the hole, cover the hole. That's it!! Easy as pie. The food scraps will break down on their own or the worms in the soil will eat it and turn it into 'good stuff'! No degree required!

Grass clipping-ones that have not been sprayed with pesticides-make great, free mulch for your veggies. (Of course you'll want to make sure your grass hasn't gone to seed before you do this!) In the fall, you can till the grass under and it will compost and help make your soil healthier! I always let my grass grow long between spring mowings so that I can use the clippings as mulch.

Prep On!
Gen-IL Homesteader

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